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We hate to bother you under your five-blanket-layers and steaming Vitamin D lamp, but between now’s dismal blockage of grey clouds and next year’s assured summer (if Trump doesn’t burn down the planet before then), there are a few weeks of twinkling, holiday hope. The sober kind.

The Christmas Garden Berlin in the exquisite Botanical Gardens is a winter wonderland of holiday cheer, with 23 fairytale light displays, each gorgeous, fanciful, and almost allowing you to forget that David Bowie left the planet forever and nobody, not even your rich cousin with the hot tub, will hear Starman live again.

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As you glide through the artistic spectacle, through 3,000 twinkling lights, holding your loved one’s gloved hand, you can reflect on the glories of Christmas and past Christmas memories, without thinking for a moment about the lost inspiration of Prince’s genius brain before he took his final breath, or that, with 2016 being the hottest year on record, and many major economies still anti-science, Winter Wonderlands will soon become a thing of the past and probably resemble mini golf courses.

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In the Christmas Garden Berlin, a marvellous ice rink greets you, and you smile, your cheeks rose-tinted, your skin chilly, but your heart warm. You glide over the gleaming ice, probably falling only once or twice and half-remembering that time you stumbled home drunk and woke up with kebab sauce all over your clubbing dress. Perhaps this also happened in 2015. But it’s really typical 2016-fodder at this point, so we’re including it.

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Yes, for just 17 euro, and from November 17 to January 1, 2017, the gorgeous Botanical Gardens transform into this romantic, gleaming, Christmas scene, as stunning as a Monet, and as distracting from reality as anything could be, really, considering that someone as gracious and near and dear to the magical Harry Potter community as Alan Rickman could just die like that.

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Together, we can fight through to 2017. We’re just going to need all 3,000 twinkling lights, several Christmas scenes, and a few actual prayers (if you’re versed) to get us there.

Christmas Garden Berlin
November 17 to January 1, 2017

Entrances
Botanischer Garten
Unter den Eichen 5-10, 12203 Berlin (Metrobus M48) &
Königin-Luise-Platz, 14195 Berlin (ExpressBus X83, Bus 101)

Botanisches Museum
Königin-Luise-Str. 6-8, 14195 Berlin (ExpressBus X83, Bus 101)
Visit Christmas Garden Berlin’s website.

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Allison Krupp is an American writer with a passion for day drinking, earnest 4 a.m. conversations, and personal reinvention. Find her getting into minor bicycle accidents all over Berlin, on a continual search for interesting people, new music, good coffee, and Weird Things. [email protected]

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